March 24, 2018, Montezuma Bluffs Natural Area, Macon County

Posted under: Middle Georgia .

Meet: 10:00 am

Trip Leader:  Chris Inhulsen 

Description:  Montezuma Bluffs Natural Area, located on bluffs overlooking the Flint River, contains beautiful stands of mature hardwood forest. Cool, moist ravines contrast with dry exposed limestone bluffs and provide a high degree of species diversity. A ramble around the bluffs and ravines should provide ample viewing of the federally listed relict trillium and the more common spotted trillium as well as many other spring wildflowers including woodland phlox, hepatica, wild geranium, Solomon’s seal, and Atamasco lilies. We may even spot the rare orchid, southern twayblade.  

Directions:   Montezuma Bluffs Natural Area is located approximately 1 mile north of the city limits of Montezuma off of State Highway 49. From Hwy 49, turn west on Crook’s Landing Road and follow this short paved road half way down the hill (about a half mile). Meet at the kiosk in the gravel parking area on the north side of the road. 

Walking:  The first half of the walk will be easy and non-strenuous. During the second half, we will venture along some steep banks and the walk will be more challenging. If you require a staff to walk, you may wish to skip the second half.

Facilities:  None.

Bring:  Lunch, insect repellent (there are always ticks), and rain gear; camera, hand lens, field guide, notepad, binoculars optional. Wear comfortable sturdy walking shoes. 

Contact: Chris Inhulsen,   cinhulsen@yahoo.com   478-396-4941